Thomas Osborne:9 Bill and Receipt
ADS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
|Benja. Franklyn Esqr. Bought of T. Osborne|
|Decr.||6.||Compleat Body of Gardening1||1.||16||–|
|Philiders fr. Book of Chess2||–||3.||6|
|Compleat Body of Husbandry||1.||15||–|
|Sept.||15.||Body of Gardening||1.||16||–|
|2 Body of Husbandry||3.||10||–|
|2 Lisles Observations on Do.||1.||–||–|
N.B. there are parcell of Old Books still to be setled now in the Hands of Mr. Norris5
Recd Septr. 27th. 1758 of Benja. Franklyn Esqr forty one pounds 10s. 6d. in full of this bill. (Excepting the Old Books in Mr. Norris Hand still to be setled)6
Endorsed: T. Osborne Bill £41. 10. 6
9. For Thomas Osborne, the bookseller, see above, VII, 176 n.
1. The titles of the books on gardening and husbandry in this bill, bought for Charles and Isaac Norris, are given above, VII, 176 n. Invoices for those sent to Isaac are in BF’s accounts with him; see above, pp. 147–8.
2. A.D. Philidor (pseud. of François Andre Danican), L’Analyze des échecs, containant une novelle méthode pour apprendre en peu de tems à se perfectioner dans ce noble jeu (London, 1749). BF probably bought this book for his own use.
3. BF bought these volumes for the province, as shown in his statement of disbursements for the public account submitted to Isaac Norris, Feb. 15, 1763, Hist. Soc. Pa.
4. Probably Osborne had sent these books to Read, and when DF’s relative William Dunlap began selling books in Philadelphia (above, VII, 169 n), he took over this unsold stock from Read, who was notoriously delinquent in paying his English debts, and had given up bookselling in 1747; see above, III, 175 n, 316–17, 329–30, 377–9, 394; IV, 142; V, 191.
5. Probably also some of Read’s former stock in trade, which had been stored with BF and had been turned over to Norris along with some of BF’s own old publications. Norris complained, April 29, 1758, that “The Sharpness and Acrid Salts Contracted by Their laying in some damp Place got into my mouth and stomach To such a Degree, that At the beginning of this Session I could not Attend the House, and it was like to have had worse Effects”; see above, p. 58. As Norris asked him to do, Jan. 17, 1759 (below, pp. 228–9), BF paid Osborne £40 “in part for a Parcel of old Books,” June 7, 1759, and charged Norris accordingly. The payment is included in BF’s accounts with Norris (above, pp. 147–8) and recorded in “Account of Expences,” p. 41; PMHB, LV (1931), 120.
6. On this date BF recorded the payment to Osborne and the fact that the Norris brothers owed him £9 17s. for the books on gardening and husbandry. “Account of Expences,” pp. 34–5; PMHB, LV (1931), 114.